Walton -- Lonzo may not return to Lakers this year

Kevin Durant ankle

Kevin Durant from the Golden State Warriors injuries his ankle against the Phoenix Suns at Oracle Arena in Oakland California

Ingram was averaging 25.6 points and 6.9 rebounds in his last 10 games.

During Saturday night's game between the Los Angeles Lakers and Boston Celtics, ESPN's Jeff Van Gundy declared that struggling Los Angeles needs to consider every option for improving its personnel, and he wasn't kidding around. There's also some speculation as to whether Luke Walton's job is secure amid a 30-36 season, which puts the Lakers 11th in the Western Conference and seven games back from the eighth-ranked Spurs.

This season has had little to celebrate for Lakers fans, but at least a familiar face in one of the good guys of the organization should bring Lakers faithful something to cheer for at the end of this otherwise lost 2018-19 campaign.

"They have to rebuild this roster, right?" Both were second overall picks by the Lakers, Ingram in 2016 and Ball in 2017.

Prominent athletes such as Chris Bosh and Serena Williams have been affected by blood clots in recent years. They are unofficially out of the playoff race, but with Ingram and Lonzo Ball out for the season, Kyle Kuzma nursing an ankle injury of his own and LeBron James having his minutes restricted, it's over. The 21-year-old has missed the past two games. He suffered the Grade 3 sprain at Houston on January 19, then he had a bone bruise that slowed his recovery. Last summer, Ball stayed off an injured knee to let it heal, only to have to undergo surgery later to fix a torn meniscus and not be able to use the offseason to work on his game. LeBron missed extended time and the youth the Lakers have touted have not taken the necessary leaps - and they were not enough to pry Anthony Davis from the Pelicans at the trade deadline. He seemed to turn a corner with his confidence, and this serious medical issue comes at the worst time for him.

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